Residents at MercyCare’s five Aged Care homes have been gifted new games to help them through the coronavirus lockdown thanks to a generous donation from Perth-based business, Games World.
Games World Director Shane Macauley handpicked the games to suit the residents’ interests, needs and abilities; selecting games that are popular with older people while taking into consideration the residents’ motor skills.
The items donated include both individual and group games, in addition to memory games to support the residents’ cognitive skills.
“Thoughtful donations like this show the Western Australian community spirit is alive and well,” MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Anthony Smith said.
“We truly appreciate Games World’s donation and I know our residents and Aged Care staff will too. MercyCare prioritises not just our residents’ physical health, but their mental and spiritual health too. This donation plays a part in that.
“This donation not only works to entertain and connect our residents, but also shows our community cares about them and wants to support them during this difficult time.
“I’m sure the games will bring a lot of joy to our residents. It’s a wonderful act of kindness.”
Speaking about his motivation behind the donation, Mr Macauley referenced a talkback radio interview he heard in which a 90-year-old lady was talking about coronavirus. Her attitude struck a chord with him: “She was really quite positive about the whole situation,” Mr Macauley said.
Thinking of his own grandfather – who is currently at home and unable to have visitors – Mr Macauley had the idea of donating games from his business to support older people.
“I wanted to do something nice for our older people, to give them something to do while this is all going on,” Mr Macauley said.
MercyCare’s Aged Care homes are located in Joondalup, Wembley, Kelmscott, Maddington and Rockingham.